Justin Sandefur: “Seeing Like a State in Africa: Data Needed.”
Chris Blattman: “Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash.”
“There are no foreclosed destinies, only deserted responsabilities” has become one of the mottos of the collective of Senegalese singers and journalists known as Y’En A Marre(“Enough is enough” in French). In the wake of the 2012 presidential elections, the group gained international recognition for leading the charge against then President Abdoulaye Wade, who was seeking a third term at age 86 while reportedly scheming to hand over the presidency to his son Karim Wade. Y’En A Marre’s international minute of fame may have passed with Macky Sall’s victory but its engagement as a new kind of political watchdog hasn’t faded since the ousting of Abdoulaye Wade. For its purpose is bigger: to form a united front against social injustice in Senegal and to shift the public debate away from politician bickering and back to the issues of ordinary Senegalese.
Africa in DC: “It’s Official: Obama to Africa This Summer.”
Shelby Grossman on upcoming elections in Equatorial Guinea.
Baobab: “Strauss-Kahn in South Sudan.”
Loomnie on Africans in China.
Somalia Newsroom: “Jubaland and the Future of Federalism in Somalia.”